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Society News and Space Stamp News Archives - Page 2 French "ASSS" Formed Congratulations to our French member and international exhibitor Jean-Louis Lafon who writes to tell us that the newly formed French equivalent – Association Astrophilatelique de France - already has over 60 members and he is their first President. He was able to attract more members by advertising at the IAF Congress at Toulouse in September. Astronomy Issues from G.B. in 2002 The programme of issues as published in the October Philatelic Bulletin shows us that in the autumn "Astronomy" is a selected theme for a stamp and Prestige Booklet Issue from Great Britain. Spaceflight to Publish Orbit Article The international glossy magazine Spaceflight an organ of the British Interplanetary Society intends to reproduce the article first published in Orbit in October by Alexander Zhelezynakov on "Gagarin Was Still The First!" This is a feather in our cap as it is the first time this has happened. For Sale At £9.99 a complete set of 12 mint high value mini-sheets from the Commonwealth countries omnibus edition celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Moon Landing in 1999 but free to any member introducing a new member to the Society. If interested please contact Godfrey Winston. Steve Bennett Update I have previously reported in Orbit the activities of Manchester rocketeer, Steve Bennett, whose intention is to win the £6.25 million prize for the first private enterprise team to launch a rocket 62 miles above the Earth with three people on board and return them safely, writes John Bony On course for that momentous occasion is his intention to pilot his rocket NOVA before the end of this year to the requisite 62 miles above Earth and he has already made 60 parachute jumps to prepare for an emergency descent. An manned test of NOVA will probably have taken place by the time you read this (it was scheduled for September). The rocket is 33 feet high and weighs 1,430 lbs so if the launch is successful it will be "all systems go" for Bennett’s flight into space. Twenty teams mostly in the USA are striving to get this prize but Steve considers he will win it in 2003. Congress Medal For Our Chair Congratulations to our Chairperson the esteemed Margaret Morris of Paisley who was awarded the Association of British Philatelic Societies Congress Medal for 2001 and who received it in a presentation in late Summer. British members can meet Margaret in person at the Scottish National Stamp, Postal History Exhibition held over the weekend of November 24/25 in Glasgow. Stampex STAMPEX went very well with tremendous exposure for the Society. Both Dutchmen Bart Beimers and Arie Olckers scored well with their exhibits (80 and 72) respectively and although I was there on the Saturday I missed Arie who turned up on Sunday but he spent some time with Margaret Morris and took photos but apparently he had his camera stolen on the way home ! Very sad and disappointing. British ASSS members Margaret Morris and Dave Saunders scored 81 and 71 respectively. Lots of members came along over the five days and we are now looking under Margaret's leadership to trying to organise the occasional regional meeting within Britain. There were 40+ Astro frames, a big banner and a nice booth for people to drop in and take away copies of Orbit. Margaret Morris at Minehead Our Glasgow member Margaret Morris has accepted an invitation from Dr Colin Ross of Minehead & District Stamp Club to give her presentation entitled "The Way to the Stars" on Monday September 17th at 730 p.m. in The Friends Meeting House in Bancks Street Minehead. She will be doing this on her way to exhibit at ASTRO STAMPEX. Any ASSS member who is able to attend will be made most welcome. (Contact Dr Ross at 01984 632782).
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